September 24, 2005
Touristy & Wordy
This last week I got to do some of my favorite things: Explore Seattle and do some good writing. Last weekend, Lunesse and her SO came up for the Dead Can Dance concert and to do some sightseeing. I got to tag along with Lori. We went to Pike Place Market. I had never gone. Cool stuff. Some of it reminded me of Saturday Market in Portland. I spend money on a silver ring and a couple of rocks. Yes, rocks. I love rocks. Also, I found a place to return to once I have the main parts of the big all decorated with the maps of Middle Earth and Arwen's Standard of Gondor. (Yes, I'm a big geek. I know it.) It has some wonder stonework I could put up.
We walked all over Pike Place Market and Pike street. It was amazing and I kept up! That was the part I was so chuffed about. This was the first time I had done a big walk since I had (re)injured my knee but it held up. We walked all the way down to the commuter ferry to Bainbridge Island. We got round trip tickets and I enjoyed the ride immensely. I would really love to do that again sometime soon. I really like traveling across the Sound. Each way took about 35 minutes.
From there, we went to a really good sushi place. I have no idea what it is called but I know it is right next to a giant silver PI. It is on the right if you are looking up at the PI statue. The sushi place had frozen saki that was so smooth I couldn't believe it. It also loosened up the stiffening muscles around my knees as they had finally decided to give out. It was an excellent trip and I got to knock off too more things from my list of Touristy things I've done in Seattle.
On the writing side of things, this last week was a really good week for me. I had an article published at Savvy Insider, there were two good reviews of The Right Words that mentioned me by name in a positive light, I picked up a review contract from Black Gate to review the novel of a friend of mine called Four and Twenty Blackbirds and I wrote like a madwoman.
Back in the Kendrick series, I'm working on one of my longer short stories called The House of Hands. It is actually three little stories wrapped up in a fourth one. I got 3700 good words on it and two of the inner stories done. The third inner story is a bit more complex and finishing out might give me a bit of trouble but I think I'll be able to finish the rough draft next week. I hope.
Another friend of mind is working on a project to benefit the victims of Katrina. It is currently called the Fate Project and is based on those "choose your own adventure" books. This one is based on the "losing" endings where you die or lose in some way. Since the story ends are only 350-700 words long, I have drafted two fantasy endings already and I am pondering a third. I will send them in next week after a polish. It's a fun project to work on.
In other writing based thoughts, I've decided that, on the third (or is it fourth?) anniversary of writing it, November will be, "Revise Regresser's Evolution for Submission" month. Instead of working on short stories, I will polish it, add in the writer group suggested changes, add in the missing scenes and finally get it to the point of submission. I'm tired of it languishing in my computer to remind me from time to time in the dead of night that it is "almost" done and really should be finished.
Tarot Card for the Day: Ace of Pentacles